The landlord’s mantle can be an exceptionally heavy garment to don. So when an individual chooses to do so, it’s best done only after a period of familiarization with the various obligations that come with the uniform.
Here are a half-dozen of the legal basics with which a property manager need acquaint himself, delivered in Q&A format.
A demonstrated inability to pay the rent. Beyond that and barring extraneous circumstances that drift into health and safety territory, rejecting a potential tenant on the grounds of her marital status, children or pregnancy, race, religion, age, gender, marital status, social assistance, physical disability, mental disability, source of income or sexual orientation is against the law.
A landlord can evict a tenant any time, no matter the season or weather. But he cannot do so without first issuing a written Notice of Termination. There are various grounds for eviction, some more complicated than others, but an eviction is straight-up legal if a tenant fails to pay rent, performs illegal acts (or allows someone else to do so on the property) or causes damage to the premises.
The City of Toronto is looking at adopting codes of practice for foodservice establishments (including coffee shops, grocery stores and restaurants) to better protect sewers from pollutants. Currently, the Toronto sewers bylaw requires foodservice establishments to stop the fat, oil and grease their operations generate from going down the drain, and to install, operate and properly maintain a plumbing device called a grease interceptor. But a recent survey revealed widespread non-compliance with the current bylaw, with Toronto Public Health inspectors identifying 3,118 restaurants, between 2009 and 2013, with improperly maintained grease interceptors, and another 1,735 restaurants with no grease interceptors. In response, Toronto Water issued more than 2,000 notices of violation, for which both foodservice establishments and property owners and managers are held responsible.
Last winter’s ice storm in Toronto revealed not only how quick-acting some local property managers are, but how inadequate some of their emergency generators were for adapting to the crisis. Some property managers, when casting about for fuel to fill their emergency generators, were stunned to learn that their equipment was non-compliant with the Ontario Installation Code for Oil Burning Equipment — and that they were therefore ineligible for such a top-up. Having given fuel suppliers until 2007 to complete a comprehensive inspection that meets revised standards, the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (which doesn’t track compliance directly) has recently begun to crack down on non-compliance in this arena.
Following a tragic fire at a nursing home in Quebec in January 2014, the province’s more than 1,300 privately owned seniors’ residences are now provincially mandated to retrofit their sprinkler systems. It has been estimated that it will collectively cost owners about $253 million to undertake the required work, which has a compliance deadline of March 18, 2020. Quebec is just the fourth Canadian province to require sprinklers in seniors’ residences.
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